Interactive Murder Mysteries
Written by Charles Corritore
MURDER HAS NEVER BEEN THIS MUCH FUN!
Each interactive/audience-participation murder mystery is written for a
cast of either 7 or 8 performers.
HOW IT WORKS!
Each opens with a 20-minute major scene during which the audience is made
aware of the reason for the gathering (a wedding, a memorial service, a
contest etc.), all characters are introduced and a crisis ensues which sets
the rest of the event off on the road to mystery.
Dinner begins. Cast members are seated among the guests and interact with
them throughout dinner. The cast also interacts with each other in a series
of short, structured scenes during which grievances surface, accusations fly
and, of course, many threats are made.
At the end of dinner, another major scene takes place which leads to the
murder of one of the characters. At this point, a detective takes over the
proceedings and puts the remaining suspects through a scripted Interrogation
during which evidence envelopes are opened and all information necessary to
solve the crime comes out. Once the Interrogation is complete, all guests
are challenged to fill out their ballots naming the murder, the motive and
the method of the crime.
The evening ends with the deceased being called back to life to name his
or her murderer, followed by a detailed, scripted Revelation during which
the detective explains how each piece of evidence led to the discovery of
the culprit's identity.
(Note: Though the scenes leading up to the Interrogation are structured
in the fact that there is certain information that must come out during
them, there is ample room for improv, creativity and humor on the part of
Depending on how long it takes dinner to be served, the average running
time is 2:15 to 2:30 in length. The mystery works extremely well with either
a sit-down dinner or a buffet.
Money Mayhem - You Bet Your Life
You're on hand for the taping of the
WRIP Network's hottest TV game show, "You Bet Your Life," where any member
of the studio audience can walk away with the million dollar cash prize.
Unfortunately, someone is about to
make a deadly wager and end up paying the ultimate price for it.
Microphone Mayhem - The Comedy Club
It's the grand reopening of the
"Laugh 'til You Die" Comedy Club! After nine months of intense
investigation into a mysterious fire that took the life of one of its
co-owners, the popular nite spot has been cleared of any wrongdoing and all
concerned have hopes for a bright future and are anxious to put the tragedy
Unfortunately, someone doesn't share
those sentiments and, before the evening is over, is determined to get the
Will the culprit be found before
another victim yells "stop...you're killing me!?"
Maritime Mayhem - Dead Man Floating
It's the maiden voyage of the new
cruise ship, the USS Gigantic, and a festive mood pervades the air.
From the Captain and crew, down to each of the invited guests, all are
anticipating a pleasurable experience during the week-long excursion to the
Virgin Islands aboard the state-of-the-art vessel.
Unfortunately, as they gather for a
celebratory banquet, none are aware that someone onboard has other plans
which might force a change in course...one that will lead them directly into
the path of murder.
Who is the culprit that is sending the victims to
their water-logged fate."
Medical Mayhem - Dead on Arrival
It's the annual "Physician of the
Year" Dinner sponsored by Our Lady of the Healthy Charges Medical Center.
You and your guests are on hand to honor the recipient of this year's award.
But it seems that not everyone who's present agrees with this year's choice.
In fact, before the evening is over, it's probably a good thing that
there's a doctor in the house!
Matinee Mayhem - The Phantom of the
You have been given a private
invitation to witness the live broadcast of a new daytime soap opera, "One
Life to Take."
However, a series of mishaps have
befallen the cast and crew, leaving the future of the show in doubt.
Someone seems to be eliminating the
cast and crew...one unlucky victim at a time! Who will be next?
Will the "phantom" be discovered
before the show becomes nothing but "dead" air?
Musical Mayhem - Killing Me Softly
It's Karaoke night at Billy Bob's
Country Bar, sponsored by RDNK Radio, and you and your guests are on hand
for the "Hoedown Showdown" where one of the two lucky finalists will be
awarded a recording contract with a major label!
But before the night is over,
someone will be found dead...the victim of harmonious homicide!
Menu Mayhem - Recipe for Murder
You and your guests are members of
the audience for a taping of the local cable access channel's most popular
cooking show, "The Chicken Friar," hosted by Brother Dominick Vobiscum.
But it seems that there's a lot more cookin' "behind the scenes" than in
front of the camera. In fact, before the evening is over. the entree
just might include a big helping of MURDER!
Matriarch Mayhem - The Stromboli Family
Mama Filomena Stromboli is
celebrating her 80th birthday and you and your guests are part of the family
who have gathered for a reunion in her honor.
But someone at the party isn't very
happy and the term "blood relative" takes on new meaning as one member of
the family unexpectedly meets their maker.
Mama Mia Mayhem - Blood Relatives
The Stromboli Family has gathered at
a memorial service to bid farewell to Mama Filomena who, three weeks ago at
the ripe old age of 85, finally went to that big pizza parlor in the sky.
On hand for this solemn occasion are her kids and their respective spouses
or significant others.
Naturally, at such a poignant
occasion, emotions are high as everyone realizes they'll have to go on with
their lives without mama. Oh yeah, emotions are also high because this
is the day when contents of mama's will are finally to be made public.
Who has been lucky enough to be included in the all important document?
No one knows.
Only one thing is certain, however.
By the end of the evening, besides mama, the memorial service will have one
more body to send off to that celestial pizza palace?
Memorial Mayhem - Dearly Departed
You and your guests are attending
the memorial service and reading of the will for the late Marvin P.
Megabills, wealthy entrepreneur. On hand are a few of his closest
friends, associates and family members...those whom he trusted most in his
Of course, when there's a fortune at stake, is there anyone you
can "really" trust?
Movie Mayhem - The Final Take
You're "on location" for the filming
of a new movie, The Final Take, and you and your guests have been hired as
"extras" in one of the big scenes.
But sometimes things happen that
aren't in the script...sometimes with deadly results!
Matrimonial Mayhem - Till Death Do Us Part
The marriage if Barbara N. Bliss and
Will U. Merrimee promises to be the social event of the season. Hopes
are high as the happy couple seems headed for a "happily-ever-after" long
Unfortunately, the appearance of an
uninvited guest threatens to change all of that and, before the evening is
over, the phrase "till death do us part" takes on a rather untimely meaning.
It's a wedding you wouldn't want to
be caught dead at!
Manuscript Mayhem - Poisoned Pens
It's the annual gathering of the
Society of Mystery Enthusiasts and Great Mystery Authors where the "Author
of the Year" will be named. Each of the nominees are the creme de la
creme of "whodunit" writers and are, without a doubt, the craftiest minds in
Someone, however, seems to think
otherwise and, before the evening is over, will try to commit the perfect
Memoir Mayhem - The Scent of Murder
It's the annual sales convention for
the Carrie May Cosmetics Company during which a new line of products
entitled "My Elusive Desires" will be unveiled. Carrie May herself has also
promised to read excerpts from her new "tell-all" autobiography bearing the
same title of the new line.
Unfortunately, someone in the ranks
isn't too enamoured with that idea and will stop at nothing to prevent it